in the Caribbean
Antigua (pronounced An-tee-ga) is
located in the eastern Caribbean. An independent state within the British Commonwealth,
Antigua is renowned for the 365 soft-sand
beaches surrounding its shoreline.
Jolene Schuerman: Snorkelers and scuba
divers—get out and explore the magnificent
coral reef, walls and shipwrecks.
Aruba’s mix of predictable year-round
weather, friendly people, and various resorts
and attractions has made this Dutch-flavored
island a popular destination in the Caribbean.
JS: Foodies, as well as those of us who just
like to eat, will enjoy the booming culinary
scene in Aruba. Home to 90-plus nationalities,
Aruba offers a wide array of authentic, flavor-rich dishes.
The Bahamas are one of the world’s
most famous vacation playgrounds. Visitors
experience the beauty and culture of powder-soft beaches, crystal-clear aquamarine waters
and exciting water sports, as well as duty-free
shopping and world-class dining. The Bahamas
are located just an hour from Florida and
three hours from New York City, allowing
travelers to leave in the morning and be on
the beach by the afternoon.
JS: Music is a vibrant part of the history and
daily life here. Take time out to listen to local
musicians, who put their heart, soul and sizzle
into various genres, including junkanoo, goom-bay, and rake ’n’ scrape—three distinctive and
delightful musical styles from West Africa.
U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPT. OF TOURISM
Grand Cayman’s (Cayman Islands)
Seven Mile Beach is widely regarded as one of
the most beautiful beaches in the world, with
turquoise water lapping at pure white sands.
These waters offer some of the Caribbean’s
best dive spots.
JS: The Cayman Islands are a paradise for
snorkelers and scuba divers, with more than
250 dive sites.
ALTHOUGH JUST ABOUT every island in the Caribbean offers tunning beaches and turquoise waters, each destination has its own flavor. Some islands have colonial towns or sight- seeing to explore; others are famous for coral reefs. All vary as well in regard to attractions, cost, accessibility, culture and history. Because Costco Travel buyer Jolene Schuerman has personally been to each of the 12 island destinations offered through Costco Travel, The Connection turned to her for some firsthand advice.—T. Foster Jones
For many years, Curaçao was in the
shadow of its Dutch Caribbean counterparts of Aruba and St. Maarten. Today, the
island is a popular vacation choice in its
own right. Located below the hurricane
zone, the island has warm temperatures
JS: Go to the Old Market, where you can
make a new friend and experience the local